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 research includes a collaborative project to publish the portrait sculpture from the Excavations in the Athenian Agora with a group of current and former students and a digital mapping project of the archaeology of Roman Athens, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. She has just begun research on a new monograph that will explore the history of portraiture in Athens from the Hellenistic to the Roman periods. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.
ExpertiseGreek & Roman Sculpture & Classical Archaeology, Historical & Cultural Visualization
Dillon, S. “Portrait Statuary in Roman Athens: reconsidering the material from the Athenian Agora.” What’s New in Roman Greece.
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, vol. 20, 2007, pp. 428–31.
Dillon S, S. “Review of 'The Invention of Art History in Ancient Greece: Religion, Society, and Artistic Rationalisation' by J. Tanner (Cambridge, 2006).” Sehepunkte, vol. 7, no. 12, 2007.
Dillon, S. “Review of 'Greek Sculpture: Function, Materials and Techniques in the Archaic and Classical Periods' edited by O. Palagia (Cambridge, 2006).” Classical Review, vol. 57, no. 2, Cambridge University Press, 2007, pp. 521–22. Manual, doi:10.1017/S0009840X07001242. Full Text Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. “Review of 'Relief Sculpture of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus' by BF Cook (Oxford 2005).” Classical Review, vol. 56, no. 2, 2006, pp. 453–54. Open Access Copy
Dillon, S. “Review of 'The Roman Nude. Heroic Portrait Statuary 200 BC-AD 300' by CH Hallett (Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representation, Oxford University Press, 2005).” Sehepunkte, vol. 6, no. 11, 2006.
Dillon, S. “Review of 'Bildnisse griechischer Herrscher und Staatsmänner im 5. Jahrhundert v.Chr.' by Ralf Krumeich (Munich, 1997).” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 10 Oct. 2001.
Dillon, S. “'Imaging Julio-Claudian Women' review of 'Imperial Women: A Study in Public Images 40 B.C.-A.D. 46' by Susan Wood (Mnemosyne no. 194, Brill, 1999).” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 14, 2001, pp. 557–59.
Dillon, Sheila, and Elizabeth Bartman. “Portraits of Livia: Imagining the Imperial Woman of Augustan Rome.” The Classical World, vol. 93, no. 1, JSTOR, 1999, pp. 115–115. Crossref, doi:10.2307/4352381. Full Text
Dillon, S. “'Repetition and variation in ancient art’ review of 'Classical Bronzes: The Art and Craft of Greek and Roman Statuary' by Carol Mattusch.” Journal of Roman Archaeology, vol. 10, 1997, pp. 441–146.