London Underground Tube map re-imagined as the Ancient Greek underworld

The map sees the Northern Line become the Hades Line

An alternative version of the London Underground tube map by the Iris Project
An alternative version of the London Underground tube map by the Iris Project

It's easy to imagine the designer of the latest alternative London Underground Tube map, finding herself surrounded by swathes of exhausted and seemingly half-dead commuters, inspired to re-work the iconic design as a map of the Greek underworld.

'The Underworld' map cleverly re-imagines the traditional London Underground map to advertise a project by the educational charity The Iris Project.

The map shows the black line that usually represents the Northern Line replaced with the ‘Hades Line’, named after the Greek god of the underworld, while the District Line becomes the Kokytos Line – the river of the wailing.

While tourists famously struggle to pronounce stop names including Leicester Square, Southwark and Greenwich, the Iris Project have included tongue-twisting imaginary stations on their map including: Hekatonkheires – impossibly strong giants with a hundred hands and fifty heads – and Pyriphlegethon – a stream of fire.

The map is being used to promote a community myth day event hosted by the charity at the East Oxford Community Classics Centre, at Cheney Comprehensive School, for school pupils and local members of the community.

The centre opened in October 2013, and is run in association with the University of Oxford.

Dr Lorna Robinson, Director of The Iris Project and the East Oxford Community Classics Centre, told The Independent: “I'd seen other maps of the Underground which had been themed to various ideas, and it struck me that the Classical Underworld would work really well for this design.

"I wanted a really vivid way of bringing the Underworld “to life” and placing it in a modern framework.

“The stories are endlessly appealing and we hope the event will reach out to the community using these ancient tales," she added.

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