Here is what I hear in this audio:
When Roman empire crumbled, Europe was procedured by famine, plague，prosecutions. and steed of war so persistent, it only rarely interrupted by peace [...].
I'm now watching some documentaries that are not only interested me but also helps me improving my listening and enlarge vocabulary for my coming IETLS. The words I'm asking in the recording really stand in the way of understanding the content.
So I really want you help me to figure it out, but I'm not just looking for convenience or being lazy; there are no caption available in my country and there's no way for me to figure it out after using all the methods I know: dictation software and guess-and-spellcheck method.