portraiture; the sculptural landscape of the ancient Greek city, funerary monuments
Death, Burial, and Commemoration in Athens, antiquity to the late 19th century
Women in the History and Visual Culture of Greece & Rome: A Sourcebook, co-authored book project with Sharon L. James
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 Roman art. 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 on the island of Samothrace, and now spends summers doing fieldwork in Athens. Her current project is a diachronic study of death, burial, and commemoration in Athens from the 5th century BCE to the 19th century CE, which will leverage digital visualization to map the shifting locations of burials and to recreate the visual effect of standing monument cemeteries. Professor Dillon is the new Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology.
PhD New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
BA Rutgers University
AAS Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY
Typical Courses Taught:
- Visualst 150, Roman spectacle
- Arthist 125a, Art and archaelogy ancient athens
- Visualst 201sl, Wired! new represent tech
- Arthist 395, Grad seminar - the classical style in greek sculpture
- The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World. Cambridge University Press,
(March, 2010). [available here] [BMCR review] [Schultz review AJA] [TLS review]
- Ancient Greek Portrait Sculpture: Contexts, Subjects, and Styles. Cambridge University Press,
(April, 2006). (Winner of the 2008 James R. Wiseman Book Award from the Archaeological Institute of America.) [available here] [AJA on-line review by E. D'Ambra] [BMCR review by P. Schultz] [Journal of Hellenic Studies review by Jeremy Tanner]
- R.R.R. Smith, C.H. Hallett, J. Lenaghan, J. Van Voorhis. Roman Portrait Statuary from Aphrodisias. Philipp von Zabern, Mainz Germany,
(June, 2006). (Reviews: J. Tanner, BMCR 2007.04.07) [BMCR review]
- S. Dillon and K. Welch, editors. Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Cambridge University Press,
(2009). [available here] [TLS review]
- S. Dillon and S. James, co-editors. The Blackwell Companion to Women in the Ancient World. (January, 2012).
- "Portraits of Women in the early Hellenistic Period." Early Hellenistic Portraiture: Image, Style, Context. Edited
by Ralf von den Hoff and Peter Schultz. (October, 2007): 63-83. [available here]
- "Women on the Columns of Trajan and Marcus and the Visual Language of Roman Victory." Representations of War in Ancient Rome. Edited
by Sheila Dillon and Katherine Welch. (April, 2006).
- "Subject selection and viewer reception of Greek portraits from Herculaneum and Tivoli." Journal of Roman Archaeology vol. 13 (Fall, 2000): 21-40.
- "Figured Pilaster Capitals from Aphrodisias in Caria." American Journal of Archaeology vol. 1997 no. 101 (October, 1997): 731-69. [html]
- "The portraits of a civic benefactor of 2nd-c. Ephesos." Journal of Roman Archaeology vol. 1996 no. 9 (Fall, 1996): 261-74.