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The Golden Cup of Belshazzar
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The golden cup on the camera-left shelf.

Production Number

1-02 (2)


January 8, 1994


Red Jaguars


Sean & Katherine

Artifact Location

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Golden Cup of Belshazzar is the second episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the sixteenth episode to complete production and the 25th to air.

Moat Crossing

Staff of King Tut moat

One partner from each team was kneeling on a raft while holding "an ancient staff of King Tut". When Kirk said go, each player would pull himself across the moat by hooking his staff on the knotted rope above him. Once across, he climbed off the raft and onto the deck; this was his partner's signal to pull the raft back to his side and cross exactly as his partner had. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to jump off the raft - with his staff - and run over to hit the gong.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Red Jaguars 0:28
Second Orange Iguanas 0:31
Third Purple Parrots 0:33
Fourth Blue Barracudas 0:33

Steps of Knowledge

Long ago, in the ancient city of Babylon, there ruled a foolish king named Belshazzar. Hearing of a young man named Daniel who could tell the future, he summoned him to his palace. King Belshazzar nervously sat on his throne. In his hand, he held a golden cup that he'd stolen from a temple in Jerusalem.

"Daniel," he said, "what is the meaning of this sign?"

He pointed to the wall where words had mysteriously been written. Daniel read them.

"Sire, it says that you are a thief, and your empire is evil, so it is about to be destroyed!"

"Impossible!" Belshazzar thundered. "Our city is fortified with two great walls and a moat! It is impregnable. You obviously know nothing! Take him away!"

And Daniel was led out of the palace. Soon afterwards, the writing on the wall came true. The Persians led a surprise attack and destroyed Babylon. The Golden Cup of Belshazzar ended up in the Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was Belshazzar the ruler of…?
  • The Assyrians
  • The Babylonians
  • The Egyptians
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these, developed in Babylon, was one of the first organized set of laws in history?
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Code of Hammurabi
  • The Twelve Tables
Purple Parrots (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Wrong Answer)
Which of these men was the king of Babylon who destroyed Jerusalem and exiled its leaders?
  • Nebuchadnezzar
  • Alexander the Great
  • King Tut
Red Jaguars (Persians - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Two steps left)
Because of what happened to Belshazzar, does the saying "Handwriting on the Wall" now mean…?
  • It will be a good harvest
  • Something bad is about to happen
Purple Parrots (Correct - Two steps left)
The Babylonians plundered Jerusalem. At the time, was Jerusalem the capital of…?
  • Persia
  • Egypt
  • Judah
Purple Parrots (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Wrong Answer)
According to our legend, which of these people conquered Babylon while Belshazzar…?
  • Persians
Purple Parrots (Correct - One step left)
Did the Babylonians use the Euphrates River to grow crops by…?
  • Irradiating
  • Irrigating
  • Inundating
Red Jaguars (Correct - One step left)
Archaeologists found many clay tablets in Mesopotamia with symbols called Cuneiform on them. Are these the first known examples of…?
  • Modern Art
  • Writing
  • Calculus
Red Jaguars (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)
Which of these vehicles was invented in Mesopotamia?
  • Chariots
  • Rickshaws
  • Automobiles
Purple Parrots (Correct - Advanced to the Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Purple Parrots are eleven-year-old Leslie and Keith. The Red Jaguars are twelve-year-old Katherine and Sean.

Handwriting on the Wall (Peanut Shaft)

The handwriting which predicted the doom of the Babylonian Empire appeared by itself on Belshazzar's wall. But in that game, the players made the writing appear. When Kirk said "go", one player from each team dug for a word buried in the rubble at the bottom of the shaft. When he found it, he stuck it to his shirt, climbed up the shaft, and placed it on the front wall. Then he climbed back down to find the next word. The first one to place all four words - or the player with the most words on the wall in one minute - won. Keith completed the message in 35 seconds; Sean had only assembled half the message at that point.

The Hanging Gardens (Bucket Ramp)

One of the seven wonders of the world was the hanging gardens of Babylon. In ancient times, it was watered constantly. When Kirk said "go", one player from each team climbed up the ramp on their knees, pulled down a bucket, and slid back down. Then, they climbed back up to dump the next bucket. The first player to empty all three buckets - or the player with the most empty buckets at the end of one minute - won. Katherine pulled all three buckets down with 22 seconds remaining, while Leslie had only pulled two.

Rebuilding Babylon (Pulley Pillar)

After Babylon fell to the Persians, the city had to be rebuilt, and that's what the teams had to do. When Kirk said "go", one player from each team jumped up, placed the first ring of the column on the post, and jumped back down. That was his partner's signal to jump up and place the next ring on the column. They alternated like that for up to one minute. The first team to completely rebuild the column - or the team that built the tallest column in that time - won. The Red Jaguars had constructed their column in 50 seconds while the Purple Parrots only placed two rings.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Red Jaguars Lost Won Won 1½ Pendants
Purple Parrots Won Lost Lost ½ Pendant

Temple Run

Katherine started by heading into the Cave of Sighs where she encounters the first Temple Guard. She gives up her pendant and heads into the Wheel Room. After lifting the rock slab, she enters the Room of Harmonic Convergence, tries all five combinations to no avail. The sound may have played when she tried the second combination, but none of the doors opened. Katherine then retreated to the Cave of Sighs and ascended into the Room of the Three Gargoyles. Once there, she tried all three gargoyles and the third one opened the door to the Troubled Bridge. She heads across, opens up the Observatory, and turns the sundial, opening up the Heart Room. Once she climbs down, she opens up the Treasure Room, opens the chest, and was caught by the second Temple Guard. Sean follows her path and spends the last 13 seconds trying to find his way out of the Treasure Room.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations The Cave of Sighs (gold mask)
The Treasure Room (black mask)
The Tomb of the Ancient Kings (blue mask)
Half Pendant Location Unknown

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Prize Plugs

  • Original Run
    • Moat Crossing: Hershey's Syrup and Chocolate Milk Mix
    • Steps of Knowledge: Fashion Bug
    • Temple Games: Laguna Sportswear
  • Alternate Version
    • Moat Crossing: Nestle Quik
    • Steps of Knowledge: Duncan Yoyo
    • Temple Games: BK Ratch Tech