Crēta est īnsula antīqua quae aquā altā magnī maris pulsātur. Ibi ōlim Mīnōs erat rēx. Ad eum vēnit Daedalus quī ex Graeciā patriā fugiēbat. Eum Mīnōs rēx benignīs verbīs accēpit et eī domicilium in Crētā dedit. Quō in locō Daedalus sine cūrā vīvebat et rēgī multa et clāra opera faciēbat. Post tempus longum autem Daedalus patriam cāram dēsīderāre incēpit. Domum properāre studēbat, sed rēgī persuādēre nōn potuit et mare saevum fugam vetābat. (Beginner’s Guide to Latin)
Crete is an ancient island which is struck by the high tides of the sea. There, long ago, Minos was king. Daedalus came to him after fleeing his home in Greece. King Minos received him with kind words and gave him a house in Crete. And in this place Daedalus lived without cares and made many famous works for the king. After a long time Daedalus began to desire his cherished homeland. He was eager to hasten home, but he could not persuade the king, and the savage sea forbid his going.