Sheila Dillon

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 research includes a single-authored monograph on the history of portraiture in Athens, 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 history of the archaeological excavations in the Agora, a collaborative endeavor centered in the Wired! Lab that involves undergraduate and graduate students at Duke. Professor Dillon was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology from 2013-2016.


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 »

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. “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. “Taking the veil.” The Classical Review, vol. 55, no. 2, 1 Jan. 2005, pp. 682–84. Scopus, doi:10.1093/clrevj/bni371. Full Text Open Access Copy

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


Spring 2020

Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTHIST 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTSVIS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
Honors Thesis Workshop (VMS 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Fall 2019

Greek Sculpture in Athens (ARTHIST 727S.01)
Smith Wrhs A101, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Spring 2019

Women in the Classical World (ARTHIST 215S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM
Women in the Classical World (VMS 209S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, W 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2018

Women in Antiquity (ARTHIST 725S.01)
SEE INSTRU , W 05:00 PM-07:45 PM
Grant Writing and Prospectus (ARTHIST 723S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Th 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

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