Professor in the Department of Classical Studies
Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Graeco-Roman art and archaeology. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (2010); Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles (2006), which was awarded the James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America in January 2008; Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias (2006); and an edited volume A Companion to Women in the Ancient World (2012). Professor Dillon was a member of the Aphrodisias Excavations in Turkey from 1992-2004, has worked at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current projects include a history of portrait sculpture in Roman Athens, which examines the impact of Roman rule and Roman portrait styles on Athenian portraiture, and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke and international colleagues in Athens. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.
Education & Training:
Ph.D., New York University 1994
M.A., New York University 1989
B.A., Rutgers University New Brunswick 1987
Women in the Classical World: Critical Concepts in Classical Studies. Ed. S Dillon and SL James. Routledge, 2017. (Edited Book)
Dillon, S. Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, Styles (paperback). Cambridge University Press, 2012. (Monograph)
The Past is Present: The Kempner Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Nasher Museum. Ed. CM Antonaccio and S Dillon. Duke University Press Books, March 1, 2011. (Edited Book)
Dillon, S. The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World (paperback). 2011.
Dillon, S. The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World. Cambridge University Press, March 2010.
Dillon, S, and Welch, K. Representations of War in Ancient Rome (paperback). Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Dillon, S, Smith, RRR, Hallett, CH, Lenaghan, J, and Voorhis, JV. Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz Germany, June 2006.
Dillon, S. Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles. Cambridge University Press, April 2006. (Monograph)
Dillon, S, and Welch, K. Representations of War in Ancient Rome. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. (Edited Book)
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Depicting the Dead: Self-Representation and Commemoration on Roman Sarcophagi with Portraits' by S. Birk (Aarhus University Press, 2013)." Latomus: Revue d’Études Latines 75.2 (2016): 495-497.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture', E.A. Friedland, M. Grunow Sobocinski, and E.K. Gazda, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2015)." Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2015).
Dillon, S. "Review of 'The Emergence of the Classical Style in Greek Sculpture' by R. Neer." Art Bulletin 94.1 (March 2012): 130-133.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Roman Portraits in Context' by J. Fefjer." CAA on-line reviews (December 13, 2011).
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Art in the Era of Alexander the Great' by A. Cohen." American Journal of Archaeology on-line reviews 115.4 (October 2011).
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Marmorskulpturen der römischen Kaiserzeit aus Milet: Aufstellungskontext und programmatische Aussage. Funde aus Milet, 5,2'.by R. Bol (Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2011)." Journal of Roman Archaeology 25 (2011): 876-879.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Role Models in Roman Art' by I.S. Hansen and S. Bell." Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010): 583-586.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Die griechischen Porträts. Antike Repräsentation – Moderne Projection' by O. Jaeggi." Bonner Jahrbuecher 209 (2009): 362-363.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Anonyme griechische Porträts des 4.Jhs v.Chr' by D. Piekarski (Rahden/Westf. 2004)." Gnomon 80 (2008): 248-250.
Dillon, S. "Review of 'Antichi Volti della Repubblica. La Ritrattistica in Italia Centrale Tra IV E II Secolo' by M. Papini." Journal of Roman Archaeology 20 (2007): 428-431.
Dillon, S, and Shea, TD. "Statues as Artifacts: Towards an Archaeology of Greek Sculpture." Greek Art in Context. Ed. DR Perez. Routledge, 2017. 19-29. (Chapter) Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Approaches to the Study of Greek Sculpture." The Diversity of Classical Archaeology. Ed. R Raja and A Lichtenberger. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2017. 223-234. (Chapter)
Dillon, S. "Portrait Statues of Women on the Island of Delos." Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Ed. E Hemelrijk and G Woolf. Brill, 2013. 201-23.
Dillon, S. "Hellenistic Tanagra Figurines." A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. Ed. SL James and S Dillon. Wiley-Blackwell, January 2012. 231-234. (Chapter)
Dillon, S. "Marble Votive Statuettes of Women from the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace." Samothracian Connections: Essays in Honor of James R. McCredie. Ed. B Wescoat and O Palagia. Oxbow, 2010. 165-172.
Dillon, S. "Portraits of Women in the early Hellenistic Period." Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context. Ed. RVD Hoff and P Schultz. Cambridge University Press, October 2007. 63-83.
Dillon, S. "Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus and the Visual Language of Roman Victory." Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Ed. S Dillon and K Welch. Cambridge University Press, April 2006. 244-271.
Dillon, S. "Portrait Statuary in Roman Athens: reconsidering the material from the Athenian Agora (In preparation)." What's New in Roman Greece..
Dillon, S. "Terracotta Figurines (Accepted)." Samothrace; excavations conducted by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University: Vol. 9, The monuments of the Eastern Hill. Ed. BD Wescot. American School of Classical Studies at Athens. (Chapter)
Dillon, S, and Baltes, E. "Honorific Practices and the Politics of Space on Hellenistic Delos: Portrait Statue Monuments Along the Dromos." American Journal of Archaeology 117.2 (April 1, 2013): 207-246. Open Access Copy
Sheila Dillon, . "Subject selection and viewer reception of Greek portraits from Herculaneum and Tivoli." Journal of Roman Archaeology 13 (October 2000): 21-40. (Academic Article) Open Access Copy
Sheila Dillon, . "Figured Pilaster Capitals from Aphrodisias in Caria." American Journal of Archaeology 1997.101 (October 1997): 731-769. (Academic Article)
Sheila Dillon, . "The portraits of a civic benefactor of 2nd-c. Ephesos." Journal of Roman Archaeology 9 (October 1996): 261-274. Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. "Portraits and Portraiture." Ed. M Gagarin. (2010).
Dillon, S. "Portraiture, Greece and Rome." Ed. R Bagnall, K Brodersen, C Champion, and SH Andrew Erskine. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2009). (Essay)
Dillon, S. "’Nike of Samothrace,’ ’Pergamum Altar,’ and ’Polyeuktos: Portrait of Demosthenes’." Ed. A Bostrom. Encyclopedia of Sculpture (2004). (Essay)
Portrait Statuary in Roman Athens: reconsidering the material from the Athenian Agora. What’s New in Roman Greece conference, Roman Seminar and Institute of Historical Research, Athens Greece. October 8, 2015 - October 10, 2015
Crossing the Corrupting Sea: Women on the Move in the Ancient Mediterranean. Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World Lecture Series 2015-2016, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Sponsored by the Kentucky Society of the Archaeological I...
Reviewer of Proposal “La vie des portraits grecs/Das Leben griechischer Porträts,” a three-year collaborative French and German research project : L'Agence nationale de la recherché/French National Research Agency/ Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. J...