Sheila Dillon

Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies


  • Ph.D., New York University 1994

  • M.A., New York University 1989

  • B.A., Rutgers University New Brunswick 1987


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.

Professor Dillon is on leave from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.


Greek & Roman Sculpture & Classical Archaeology, Historical & Cultural Visualization


The aim of this project is to produce a database and digital map of the archaeological remains of ancient Athens. This project is a collaborative multi-disciplinary endeavor... read more »
I am currently engaged in two related research projects. The aim of the first project is to study the full range of material remains of Roman portrait statuary from the city... read more »
War suffused Roman life to a degree unparalleled in other ancient societies. Although the place of war in ancient Roman culture has been the subject of many studies, this... read more »
In this book, Sheila Dillon offers the first detailed analysis of the female portrait statue in the Greek world from the 4th century BCE to the 3rd century CE. A major... read more »
Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title. Awarded a 2013 PROSE Honorable Mention as a Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences. A Companion to... read more »

Dillon, S. "Portraits of Livia: Imagining the imperial woman of Augustan Rome." CLASSICAL WORLD 93.1 (1999): 115-116. Full Text


Spring 2017

Art/archaelogy Ancient Athens (ARTHIST 208.01)
Smith Wrhs A233, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM

Fall 2016

Greek Art: Hellenistic-Roman (ARTHIST 502S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Grant Writing and Prospectus (ARTHIST 723S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Spring 2016

Exploring Art and Architecture (ARTHIST 104.01)
Nasher 105, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2015

Special Topics (ARTHIST 590S.02)
Carr 125, W 04:55 PM-07:25 PM

Spring 2014

Art/archaelogy Ancient Athens (ARTHIST 208.01)
Smith A233, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
Sp Top Greek Archaeology (ARTHIST 590S-11.01)
Smith A233, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM