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


Mapping the Archaeology of Athens
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 »
Roman Portrait Statuary of Athens
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 »
Representations of War in Ancient Rome
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 »
The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World
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 »
A Companion to Women in the Ancient World
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 »

Women in the Classical World: Critical Concepts in Classical Studies. Ed. S Dillon and SL James. Routledge, 2017. (Edited Book)

James, SL, and Dillon, S. A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. February 13, 2012. Full Text

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. 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 '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 'Role Models in Roman Art' by I.S. Hansen and S. Bell." Journal of Roman Archaeology 23 (2010): 583-586.


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) Open Access Copy

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. "Female Portraiture in the Hellenistic Period." A Companion to Women in the Ancient World. February 13, 2012. 263-277. Full Text

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. "Honorific Portraiture (Accepted)." Handbook of Greek Sculpture. Ed. O Palagia. DeGruyter.


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)


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