A follower of the Edward Gibbon school of Byzantine bashing.
" Justinian’s reign destroyed the Roman world." and "his ambitions enfeebled the state he tried to restore and the future he bequeathed to Europe was one of poverty and schism."
Seems like a pretty harsh assessment. Empires acquire territory, that's why they're called empires. If you get kicked out of some place you try to take it back.
The Eastern Empire continued on for another 900 years or so which is pretty good for a "destroyed" world. Europe? As in France, Spain, Italy, the British Isles? Justinian bequeathed poverty and schism to that Europe?
I think it's far more complicated than this article portrays.
Yes, all of the dirt about corruption or sexual license kind of gets overwhelmed by the claims about Justinian's head flying around independent of his body, or that he depopulated Africa, or that he was personally responsible for pretty much every earthquake and plague in the known world, etc. And of course there's the fact that he also wrote an incredibly glowing official history of Justinian. If he lied in one, it seems pretty easy to assume he lied in the other.