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

Production Number

1-02 (2)


December 11, 1993


Red Jaguars


Sean & Katherine

Artifact Location

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


Previous Episode

Blackbeard's Treasure Map

Next Episode

Galileo's Cannonball (Production Order)
The Oracle Bowl of Delphi (Completion Order)
Henry VIII's Great Seal (Broadcast Order)

The Golden Cup of Belshazzar is the second episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

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
Place Team Time
1st Red Jaguars 0:28
2nd Orange Iguanas 0:31
3rd Purple Parrots 0:33
4th 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!"

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 (2 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 (Wrong Answer - Not one of the three choices)
Blue Barracudas (2 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 (2 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 (1 step left)
Did the Babylonians use the Euphrates River to grow crops by?
  • Irradiating
  • Irrigating
  • Inundating
Red Jaguars (1 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 (Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these vehicles was invented in Mesopotamia?
  • Chariots
  • Rickshaws
  • Automobiles
Purple Parrots (Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Purple Parrots are 11-year-old Leslie and Keith. The Red Jaguars are 12-year-old Katherine and Sean.

Handwriting on the Wall (Peanut Shaft)


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)


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)


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


This run included quite a difficult design. Katherine was immediately caught by a temple guard in the Cave of Sighs, but then continued to the Room of Harmonic Convergence. However, even after trying every possible set of steps, no doors opened. Forced to leave, she then retreated back up to the Room of the Three Gargoyles and worked her way across to the Treasure Room, where a second temple guard took her out. Sean followed her footsteps to the Treasure Room, where he found that the doors directly to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey didn't work. This forced him to open the treasure chest and climb into the Swamp, when time ran out.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations

The Cave of Sighs

The Treasure Room

Half Pendant Location See Possible Locations

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The Golden Cup of Belshazzar


  • Olmec's briefing appears to be based on the Book of Daniel, at chapter 5.
  • This was the first episode to ever feature an artifact in the Shrine of the Silver Monkey.
  • This was the second episode to begin production, but since taping ran late, the Temple Run was filmed on a day that featured Layout V of the Temple; this was the same result as the first episode, Blackbeard's Treasure Map. The only difference is that the latter was taped as a whole that day.
  • This was the first episode to feature the Purple Parrots in The Temple Games.

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